INDEX: Award is awarded biennially in Denmark, and has since its inauguration in 2005 received over 4,700 nominations from more than 100 countries. The award is split into five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community. Each category calls for entries from very different design fields using underlying goals as perspective for how we can use design as a tool to solve the issues of global and local societies – thus creating Design to Improve Life. The underlying framework of these categories is the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
All winners and finalists are selected by the international INDEX: Award Jury according to the three criteria of Form, Impact and Context, representing not only the appearance of the design but also its ability to improve life for its user.
- Designers, private individuals, public and private companies, schools, universities, organizations, associations, students and design enthusiasts from all over the world can be nominated.
The INDEX: Award jury evaluates all nominated designs on three separate parameters: Form, Impact and Context. Form is concerned with the general aesthetics of a design such as the color, materials, user interface, surfaces etc. Impact is about the positive effect of a design. How does it improve life and for how many people? How socially, economically and environmentally sustainable is the design? Context is about meeting the needs of where the design will be used. How well does it work with the society, culture, religion, climate, geography and ethics?
Anyone can nominate for INDEX: Award, free of charge.